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Aberdeen / Havre De Grace

Man beats dog and another man in Harford Hounds 4 miler

Darren Thompson of Bel Air won the third annual Harford Hounds 4 Miler on July 4, while being pursued by a dog and its owner.

Thompson led a field of 78 runners over a flat, out-and-back course on the Greenway Trail in Susquehanna State Park, finishing in 23:43. In second place, 25 seconds behind him, was John Shaffer accompanied by his dog, Henry.

The event benefited Luna's House Animal Care Center, but it was not a race for dogs, who fare poorly running in hot weather. Race day was 10 degrees cooler than normal, however, making it easier on Henry and his master, who completed the course in 24:08.

Finishing in the men's top five were Jerry Henderson, 24:31; David Stevenson, 26:10; and Rob Bartholomew, 26:42.

Adria Pirozzi, 15, of Fallston ran well in the cooler conditions. In leading the women, she clocked 26:28, about 2 1/2 minutes faster than she ran last year in placing third.

Taryn Shank was the women's runner-up in 27:02. Jennifer Short placed third in 28:03; Courtney Waldhauser, fourth in 28:34; and Jennifer Bouffard, fifth in 29:40.

In races elsewhere

Rob Tisch of Bel Air finished 10th among 466 runners in the Firecracker 10K in Arbutus on July 4. He was timed in 36:21 for second place among men 40 to 49. Kelly Cannon of Bel Air placed 15th among 192 in the women's race in 46:11.

Katie Wirth of Abingdon took second place among women 35 to 39 in the Heritage 6K in Dundalk July 4. She was the sixth woman overall in 27:26 in the field of 248 finishers.

Barbara Stachowiak of Kingsville was the runner-up in the 40-49 age group and ninth among women in the Molly Murphy Memorial 5K in Timonium Sunday. She ran 23:59. Ted Poulos, 52, of McLean, Va., led all 300 finishers in 18:54.

Loretta Staal of Havre de Grace won the Prediction Pancake Run in Bel Air June 22 for completing a 4.37-mile course closest (within 2 seconds) to her predicted time of 55:00. Darren Thompson led all 51 competitors in finishing time, 28:45.

Sarah Zephir-Thomason of Forest Hill finished third in the 35-39 age group as 410 runners raced in the Beachpaper 5K in Rehoboth Beach Saturday. Her time was 22:58.

Danielle Kays of Bel Air placed second in the 35-39 age group in the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon June 22. She swam 800 meters, rode 15.7 miles and ran 5K to finish in 2:24:06.

Sean McCormack of Bel Air placed second in the 25-29 age group Sunday in the Outlet Liquors at the Rudder 5K in Dewey Beach, Del. He was eighth overall among 428 in 18:24. Duane Christy of Havre de Grace took third in 50-54 in 20:26.

Coming races

July 12 – Pirate 5K, Lockhouse Museum, Havre de Grace, 8 a.m., eliteracemanagement.com

July 13 – Pikesville 5K, the Woodholme Center, 8 a.m., charmcityrun.com

July 13 – BRRC-RASAC Sweet Air Trail Race (about 8 miles), Gunpowder State Park, 8 a.m., brrc.com.

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